Veteran Beatles parodists The Rutles have announced a rare UK tour for May and June.

Original members Neil Innes (AKA Ron Nasty) and John Halsey (AKA Barrington Womble) will be joined by ‘Rutling’ Ken Thornton, Phil Jackson and Jay Goodrich.

According to the press release, “They will be bringing their own unique brand of musical ‘Pork Pies’ to the beleaguered and bewildered British Isles. No other ‘Tribute’ band distributes joy or writes their own songs or tops the charts of ‘Make Believe’ quite like these jolly foot-tapping Economists of Truth. By ‘Popular Demand’, these Grandees of Delusion will be Taking Back Control of Bare-Faced Fibbing, saluting the Sovereignty of Silliness and ceremoniously reinstating the Obvious.”

Full tour dates are as follows:

May 2018
Tue 08- Royal Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall
Wed 09- London, The Garage
Thur 10- Brighton, Komedia
Sat 12- Margate Rock & Blues 2018 at Margate Winter Gardens
Sun 13- Bristol, Fleece
Mon 14- Abergavenny, Borough Theatre
Thur 17- Evesham, The Iron Road
Fri 18- Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sat 19- Godalming, Wilfrid Noyce Centre
Mon 21- Bilston (Wolverhampton), Robin 2
Tue 22- Cambridge, Junction
Wed 23- Hull, Fruit
Fri 25- Newcastle, Cluny
Sat 26- Glasgow, Oran Mor
Sun 27- Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Wed 30- Morecambe, Platform
Thu 31- Carlisle, Old Fire Station
June 2018
Fri 01- Liverpool, Music Room at Philharmonic
Sat 02- Hertford Corn Exchange
Sat 16- Caernarfon, Galeri Caernarfon
Sun 17- Foxton Locks Festival